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Take Cover: Frank Ocean's 'Thinkin Bout You'

Rolling Stone's Jenny Eliscu grades the YouTube stars covering today's hot songs

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Shakkapella

YouTube Channel: HouseofALT

The London-based musician brings his avowed reggae, Motown and U.K. garage influences to bear on his version of the Ocean tune; the result is a satisfyingly dynamic, vocally expressive version of the song. He shows off cheeky swagger from the get-go on his version of "Thinkin Bout You," replacing Ocean's opening line with, "I was guessing when I said I knew Branson and his family. The first-class Virgin flight was discounted with a voucher..." The rest of it sticks to the script as far as the lyrics, but Shakka's wobbly, dancehall-informed delivery keeps a sense of humor lingering throughout. Worth keeping an eye on the video throughout, to catch Shakka making goofy faces while he's beatboxing.

Presentation: A

Performance: A

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